Twigs and Branches

Updated January 11, 2012

Kathy Fenton
TwigsBranches@gmail.com

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*** In loving memory and honor of my father, Cassius Bartlett Barnes, Jr. (1922-1992), who first told me the tales, and for Katelyn, my granddaughter, so she can know them too. ***
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Welcome! I'm glad to have this opportunity to share some of my family history research, much of it only made possible by the generous contribution of information from others -- sometimes from family, sometimes friends, but always appreciated!

Found amongst the various "twigs and branches" of my side of the Family Tree are a number of US Presidents, a couple of First Ladies, and many other "notable kin" (famous and infamous). Numerous MAYFLOWER passengers, as well as many other Plymouth Colony and early New England residents who came to the New World on subsequent ships, are found on my side of the Family Tree as well. Some later heeded the call of the West, following the pioneer trail, while other parts of my family still live in New England today, nearly four hundred years later.

On my husband's side of the Family Tree are pioneers of a different sort -- ancestors who hit these shores some time later, many arriving through Ellis Island. They have been a little harder to research, due to the devastating effects of two World Wars, various name changes, and the fact that they sometimes came from places that are not still "places" any more. Maybe you can help!

For the basic details about our ancestors (the "begats"), check out my entire genealogy database, posted to Rootsweb, complete with sources and updated frequently (click on the link below to go right to it -- once there, use the index to navigate and the various report options to manipulate the data in whatever way you want).

More interesting than the "begats," however, are the life stories of our ancestors. Posted below, in the "Related Files" section, are a few excerpts from the family history book that I've written which tell some of these stories. As you will see, the lure of the sea coursed strongly through the veins of our ancestors, a few of whom even met their untimely demise on the high seas. Military service is also an important component of the story of our family. Many of our forefathers saw service in the Revolutionary War (and just about every other conflict in which our country has engaged as well), with members of our family continuing that tradition of service in nearly every generation right on down to that of my children. A brief synopsis of the military service of many of our ancestors, as well as several writings inspired by military experience, are also posted below.

Don't forget to take a look at the "Family Photos" section of this page, too. The saying goes, "Every picture tells a story" -- and I've got lots of them (even more than are posted here...)! (Please note, however, that presentation of these photos here does not imply permission to reproduce for any reason. Specific authorization to do so must be obtained by e-mailing me first.)

Finally, please remember that this kind of project is always "under construction" -- you never know when you might find that new piece of the puzzle that makes it all fit! So if you don't find what you are looking for today, then check back again soon.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please e-mail me -- I'd love to hear from you!

Family Photos

  • BARNES: United Church of Rockville Centre (101 KB)
    Shown here is the beautiful sanctuary of the United Church of Rockville Centre, the church my family has attended for generations, taken on 7 November 2009, the day of the memorial service there for Tom Barnes, my late brother.
  • NOONAN/BARNES: Elsie and Friend, ca. 1900 (10 KB)
    This photograph depicts my paternal grandmother, Lillian Elsie Noonan Barnes, and a friend (on left), standing outside of 11-year-old Elsie's house in the Roxbury section of Boston. Faintly visible in the left background of the picture is the Fort Hill tower, an old Boston landmark.
  • DOWNES/GRAY: The Charles Downes Family, ca 1900 (19 KB)
    This photograph depicts my Downes great-grandparents, Charles Downes (1865-1928)and Sarah Ruth Delano Gray Downes (1865-1945), and two of their children, Edith and Ethel. Their other two children (a son, Randolph, and a daughter, Hazel, who was my maternal grandmother) hadn't been born yet. Seated in the middle of the photograph is Sarah's mother, Henrietta Smith Delano Gray. (The glazed expression on some of their faces is undoubtedly due to being startled by the brightness of the flash of the camera.)
  • ACKLEY: Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr. (13 KB)
    This formal portrait depicts my maternal grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr., when he was a young man.
  • GRAY: Joseph Alexander Gray (18 KB)
    This photo (probably taken in the mid-1800s) depicts Joseph Alexander Gray, husband of Henrietta Smith Delano Gray. Family tradition said that Joseph (known as "Alexander") originally came from Croghan, County Roscommon, Ireland, although his birthplace is given as "NY" on the 1860 census.
  • NOONAN/BARNES: Elsie and Dolly, ca. 1900 (28 KB)
    Here we see my paternal grandmother, Lillian Elsie Noonan Barnes, sitting on the front steps of her house in Boston, Massachusetts, holding her dolly.
  • DELANO/GRAY: Henrietta Smith Delano Gray (8 KB)
    Henrietta Smith Delano Gray (1831-1912) was the grandmother of MY maternal grandmother, Hazel Delano Downes Ackley. Daughter of Sarah Franklin Hutchinson and Rufus Chandler Delano, Sr., she was also Joseph Alexander Gray's wife.
  • ACKLEY: Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr., ca. 1965 (10 KB)
    My maternal grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr. (1906-1969).
  • DELANO: Rufus Chandler Delano, Sr. (18 KB)
    This photograph shows Rufus Chandler Delano, Sr. (1797-1846), husband of Sarah Franklin Hutchinson, father of Henrietta Smith Delano Gray, and my great-great-great-grandfather.
  • NOONAN: Henry Everett Noonan, 18 years old (6 KB)
    This picture (the original is a daguerreotype) depicts Henry Everett Noonan (1856-1921) at age 18, as noted by his daughter, Lillian Elsie Noonan Barnes (my paternal grandmother).
  • ACKLEY: William Kilbourne Ackley (7 KB)
    This formal portrait depicts William Kilbourne Ackley, father of Frederick Roberts Ackley, my maternal grandfather. William was a tobacco farmer and prominent businessman in East Hartford, Connecticut in the early 1900s.
  • DELANO: Ezekiel Delano (127 KB)
    Ezekiel Delano (1824-1893) was the son of Sarah Franklin Hutchinson and Rufus Chandler Delano, Sr., and the husband of Elizabeth Deacon.
  • ACKLEY: William K. Ackley with farm workers (41 KB)
    This photograph depicts my great-grandfather, William K. Ackley (standing to right of the boy, who is perhaps my grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr.), in the fields of his East Hartford, Connecticut tobacco farm with some workers.
  • DELANO: Louisa Ann Delano (168 KB)
    Louisa Ann Delano (1838-1867), daughter of Sarah Franklin Hutchinson and Rufus Chandler Delano, Sr., was the sister of my great-great-grandmother, Henrietta Smith Delano Gray.
  • ACKLEY: William K. Ackley (11 KB)
    This is a portrait of William Kilbourne Ackley (1868-1923) as a young man.
  • DELANO: Martha Elizabeth Delano (102 KB)
    Martha Elizabeth Delano (1825-1873) was the daughter of Sarah Franklin Hutchinson and Rufus Chandler Delano, Sr., and was a sister of my great-great-grandmother, Henrietta Smith Delano Gray.
  • ACKLEY: William K. Ackley, smoking a cigar (15 KB)
    In this photograph, William K. Ackley is shown walking beside a train in a railroad yard (the scene of his early career), smoking a cigar that could have been made with tobacco grown on his family's Connecticut tobacco farm.
  • DELANO: Rufus Chandler Delano, Sr. (16 KB)
    My great-great-great-grandfather, Rufus Chandler Delano, Sr. (1797-1846), father of Henrietta Smith Delano Gray.
  • BARNES: C.M. Barnes, 89er (18 KB)
    Cassius McDonald Barnes was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as receiver of public monies for the United States Land Office in Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, when the Unassigned Lands were deemed ready for settlement in 1889. He served in that position for four years, with his son, Bart, working as his clerk.
  • BARNES: Governor Cassius McDonald Barnes (12 KB)
    Cassius McDonald Barnes, my paternal great-grandfather, was appointed Governor of Oklahoma Territory by President McKinley and served in that position from 1897 to 1901.
  • ACKLEY: Sword belonging to William K. Ackley (82 KB)
    These pictures show the sword given to William K. Ackley, my great-grandfather, when he was a member of the Knights Templar of the Masons. This sword was, no doubt, worn by William during the parade commemorating the dedication of Hartford's Bulkeley Bridge, as described by his daughter, Frances Ackley Howland, in the text passage on William K. Ackley, found in the "Related Files" section of this web page.
  • ACKLEY: Family tobacco farm, East Hartford, CT (178 KB)
    This photograph shows the house and some of the outbuildings of the Ackley shade-grown tobacco farm on Main Street in East Hartford, Connecticut, ca. May 1900. The farm was first owned and operated by Elijah Ackley, and later by his son, William K. Ackley (my great-grandfather).
  • NOONAN/BARNES: Elsie at the NE Conservatory (25 KB)
    This photograph depicts my paternal grandmother, Lillian Elsie Noonan Barnes, on the steps of the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, about to go inside for her first music lesson.
  • HILLS/HURLBURT: Amelia Almira Hills Hurlburt (102 KB)
    This photograph depicts Amelia Almira Hills Hurlburt (1825-1912), wife of Joseph Olmstead Hurlburt (1822-1899). Amelia and Joseph are five generations back from me, great-grandparents of my maternal grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley.
  • NOONAN/TAYLOR: Mehitable Handy Noonan Taylor (8 KB)
    This photo depicts "Aunt Belle," one of the five aunts who brought up my grandmother and her brother after the death of their mother.
  • NOONAN/BARNES: Lillian Elsie Noonan Barnes (12 KB)
    This is my paternal grandmother, Lillian Elsie Noonan Barnes (1889-1974), taken ca. 1913, the year Elsie (as she preferred to be called) married.
  • GURANOWSKY/LITOWICH: Ellie Litowich, ca. 1915 (6 KB)
    Elizabeth "Ellie" Guranowsky Litowich (1878-1925), Scott's maternal great-grandmother, was the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Guranowsky of NYC, and reportedly the first in his family to have a formal education. The campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, is in the background.
  • NOONAN/BARNES: Father and Children (16 KB)
    Pictured here are (left to right) Henry Everett Noonan and his two children, James Everett Noonan and Lillian Elsie Noonan (later Barnes). The picture was taken ca. 1905.
  • HURLBURT: 50th Wedding Anniversary Decorations (191 KB)
    This photograph shows the Wethersfield, Connecticut, house of Joseph and Amelia Hurlburt as it was decorated for their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. A special floral display was created for the event, showing the year of their marriage (1844) and the year of their 50th anniversary (1894).
  • NOONAN: Asineth F. Noonan (13 KB)
    Asineth "Fannie" Noonan (ca. 1863-1885) is very young as shown in this photograph, taken with carnations stuck in the bodice button of her dress.
  • WALLACE/FEIGENBAUM (FENTON): Mother and Children (34 KB)
    Anne Lillian Wallace Feigenbaum (1898-1974), Scott's paternal grandmother, is shown standing between her two children, Norma and Alan (Scott's father). This photograph was taken in the summer of 1929.
  • ACKLEY: Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr., ca. 1914 (23 KB)
    This photograph depicts my maternal grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley, about 8 years old and in the yard of the house on his family's East Hartford, Connecticut, tobacco farm. It looks like he is snapping beans for dinner.
  • HURLBURT: 50th Wedding Anniversary (1844-1894) (175 KB)
    This photograph depicts Amelia and Joseph Hurlburt (great-grandparents of my maternal grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley) on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.
  • NOONAN: Asineth F. Noonan (10 KB)
    This formal portrait depicts my paternal grandmother's "Aunt Fannie" as a young woman.
  • ACKLEY: Frederick Roberts Ackley and Bike (36 KB)
    My maternal grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr., looks to be about 10 in this picture of him and his bike.
  • LITOWICH/WEINSTEIN: Sylvia Litowich Weinstein (7 KB)
    Sylvia Bernice Litowich Weinstein (1903-1953), Scott's maternal grandmother (daughter of Ellie Guranowsky Litowich, whose photo is displayed elsewhere on this web page).
  • NOONAN/EVANS/BARNES: Aunt Georgie and Elsie (30 KB)
    This photo depicts my grandmother, Lillian Elsie Noonan Barnes (on right), as a teenager, and her aunt, Georgette Parker Noonan Evans (ca. 1853-1909).
  • ACKLEY: Fred and Ted (12 KB)
    My maternal grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley ("Fred") and his Teddy Bear ("Ted").
  • GRAY/DOWNES: Sarah and Charles Downes (19 KB)
    This photo depicts Sarah Ruth Delano Gray Downes (1865-1945) and Charles H. Downes (1865-1928), and was taken in June 1927. Sarah and Charles were the parents of my maternal grandmother, Hazel Delano Downes Ackley.
  • NOONAN/TAYLOR: Mehitable Handy Noonan Taylor (15 KB)
    This photo depicts my grandmother's "Aunt Belle" as an older woman. Perhaps the hat she is wearing was her own creation, since she and her sisters ran a hat shop in Prospect Harbor, Maine, when they were younger.
  • ACKLEY: Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr., ca. 1911 (9 KB)
    This formal portrait depicts my maternal grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr., as a child.
  • ROBERTS/ACKLEY: Helen Maria Roberts Ackley (8 KB)
    This photograph depicts Helen Maria Roberts Ackley (1869-1951), wife of William Kilbourne Ackley. Helen and William were the parents of my maternal grandfather, Frederick Roberts Ackley, Sr.
  • NOONAN/EVANS: Sarah Elizabeth Noonan (13 KB)
    This photo depicts my paternal grandmother's "Aunt Sally," shown here as a young woman. After Sally's death, her husband, Quimby Nathaniel Evans, married her sister, Georgette "Georgie" Noonan.
  • NOONAN/EVANS: Sarah Elizabeth Noonan Evans (16 KB)
    Sarah Elizabeth Noonan Evans (1849-1906) was one of my grandmother's five aunts who helped to bring her up after her mother's death. The lace from the dress "Aunt Sally" is wearing in this formal portrait was later used to make the wedding dress of my paternal grandmother, Lillian Elsie Noonan Barnes.
  • GRAY: Joseph Alexander Gray, Inventor (25 KB)
    This snapshot shows Joseph Alexander Gray standing beside the "voteing machine" [sic] he built, which he called "Honest John" (maybe we could use such a device today??!).
  • NOONAN: James Nathaniel Noonan (possibly) (22 KB)
    The original of this picture is a small daguerreotype. Although the identity of the people depicted is not specified, I believe the young man seated on the left is my great-great-grandfather, James Nathaniel Noonan (1818-1881).
  • GRAY: Joseph Alexander Gray (30 KB)
    In this photo Joseph Alexander Gray, husband of Henrietta Smith Delano Gray, looks to be an old man. However, information on the Gray family taken from the federal census records seems to indicate Joseph died before he was 50 years old. He may have had tuberculosis or some other debilitating disease, which might explain his elderly appearance in this photo, identified as taken "at the Hot Springs" (perhaps he went for a "rest cure" of some sort...).
 

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